Unconventional Art - Unconventional Spaces


A Muse Zoo Theatre is an Ashland, OR based traveling company dedicated to creating relevant and accessible theatre. Our intent is to challenge the complacency of the modern imagination through intellectual and interactive storytelling. Through minimalist theatrical style and physical comedy, we aim to inspire critical thinking, reflection and connection.




ARTICHOKE HEARTS cuts into the strange, sadistic state of being in love. Written and performed by Sarah Mitchell in a series of embodied interviews, the show investigates why we bother to look for pieces of ourselves in other people.


Sarah Mitchell is a Los Angeles based writer, actor, and producer. After graduating Southern Oregon University with a BFA in Performance, she was a member of the 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company where she understudied Little Red in INTO THE WOODS. Favorite roles at SOU include Marci in DOG SEES GOD, Annabel Glick in LUCKY STIFF and Violet Beauregard in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Television credits include Princess Cora and Maple in Disney's SOFIA THE FIRST.  ARTICHOKE HEARTS made it's Fringe debut at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2016.


When the fairy Lucinda curses Ella with the “gift” of obedience, Ella sets out on a journey to save herself — fighting ogres, meeting giants, and trying to avoid her wicked stepsisters, Hattie and Olive. But when Ella finds herself tangled in a possible romance with the crown prince Charmont, her curse makes things even more difficult — does she accept his proposal and endanger the kingdom, or break her own heart and let him go? Ella Enchanted is fast-paced, all-ages fairytale adventure where a young woman gains freedom through the power of love, based on the classic young adult novel of the same name.


Stephanie Neuerburg is a West Coast-based actor, writer, and producer whose work has been featured at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Ashland New Plays Festival; and Eugene O’Neill’s historic Tao House, among others. Her original play Science Night was a national finalist for the John Cauble Outstanding Short Play Award in 2015. In 2017 she co-produced and played the title role in her adaptation of Gail Carson Levine’s classic young adult novel Ella Enchanted during a four-star, sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In 2018 she has writing and acting projects with Island Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Shakespeare Company, and will be producing & hosting her first podcast.




Puppeteers for Fears (the only all-original, all-local theatre company in Southern Oregon, and recently voted Best Non-OSF Theater Company by readers of The Rogue Valley Messenger) will be launching its 2018 season with a headlining performance at  the Oregon Fringe Festival at Southern Oregon University on Sat., April 28.  The performance will feature a cabaret-style presentation of original comedy sketches using returning characters from PFF’s earlier shows, and a series of original songs. After premiering at Oregon Fringe Fest, the Cabaret set will tour regionally to Yreka, Talent, Phoenix, Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass. The rest of the 2018 season includes a summer revival of last year’s hit, Cthulhu: the Musical, as a touring show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and visiting the greater western U.S., followed by this year’s Halloween production, Robopocalypse: the Musical.


“These pieces are short and sharp,” says Puppeteers for Fears Artistic Director Josh Gross. “The quick runtimes and high-energy comedy of these pieces makes them ideal for a spring show in a cabaret setting, and their use of memorable characters and absurdism paired with original music and a live band makes for a really engaging and complex show.”


Performances will feature live puppetry, a full rock band, and custom-made multimedia backgrounds and an original music video courtesy of visual artist and PFF Production Designer Aubry Hollingshead.


Songs from all of Puppeteers for Fears hit shows will be part of the showcase, including a sneak preview of the yet-to-be-heard original analog synthesizer score for Robopocalypse: the Musical


Puppeteers for Fears spring cabaret will be directed by company co-founder Beth Boulay, and star returning puppeteers Nolan Kenmonth, Rachel Routh, Reece Bredl, Alyssa Mathews, and Stephen Connolly, and introduce several new actors.  Music will be performed live by Scott Howard and the Teenwolf Experience (Josh Gross on guitar, Beau Shepherd on bass, Moreno on drums).


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